On Horseback to Wolves and Bears in the Carpathians
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The Carpathian Mountains are the largest intact ecosystem in Europe. More than one third of all wolves, bears, and lynx roam through the unspoilt forests of this spectacular mountain range.

Active Holidays offers you a unique horse riding and learning experience while you travel in Romania. It is as well a good opportunity to get acquainted to the ideals and research of the Carpathian Large Carnivore Project, the largest research and conservation project about large carnivores in Europe, which ended October 2003.
Here we offer you an 8 day riding trip. We have, however, also successfully carried out two week trips and are happy to send you a longer programme on demand. Our horses are Arabians, Shagya-Arabians and local breeds, calm and used to the mountain trails.

Optional: Watching bears from a hide in the forest.


  • horse riding center within a village - able to stroll evenings or mornings
  • VISCRI fortified church in Transilvania - UNESCO site
  • Sighisoara - best preserved citadel and birthplace of Vlad Dracula
  • Dracula's Stories - legend vs. truth
  • optional: Pearl of Carpathians - Sinaia - The Royal Summer Residence - Peles Palace
  • optional: Bucharest - Romanian capital
  • optional: medieval town of Brasov / Kronstadt with Black Church
    EXTRAS:
  • horse and cart ride and visit to a sheppard camp
  • time to meet and speak with the locals; get a real feeling of the local's life
  • outdoor camping one nights - grill, spend the evening out by a camp fire
    ... and much more

Day 1: Arrive and transfer to hotel
Pick up from Bucharest Otopeni Airport and transfer north through the spectacular mountains to our guesthouse in Sinca Noua (ca. 3 hours). You will receive a welcome drink, a local dinner and will spend the evening with Barbara and Christoph to prepare the week.
Accommodation: family run guesthouse and horse riding center for the whole stay


Day 2 & day 3: Trips into the mountains
Note: The itinerary for any particular day is subject to minor changes upon weather conditions based on group decision.
After breakfast you will be shown around the farm and introduced to the horses. Soon we take off for a first ride along the meadows at the foot of the mountains. The hills offer a fantastic view over the area and the meadows invite for some first trot or canter. You will be stunned by the variety of wild flowers and we might already come across the first tracks of bears or wild boar. We enter on a forest road into the vast forests of the Carpthians and follow a long valley up into the mountains. Parts of the forests have never been cut and huge beech and fir trees hem our way. After lunch break on a mountain meadow with spectacular view we return in the early evening back to the stable.

In the evening you will see a video presentation about the research and conservation project, which the Prombergers carried out over the last 10 years.

The next day we will ride again through the hills and valleys of the area, pass a more than 100 year old railway viaduct built during the Austro-Hungarian empire, might come across shepherd camps, cow herds and water buffaloes, and should find tracks of bears, boars, red deer, wolves or lynx. There will be lots of possibilities for canters and even gallops over the meadows.


Day 4: Rest for the horses and the history of Transilvania
Today we give the horses a rest and experience the true history of Transilvania. We leave Sinca Noua and drive for about an hour and a half through sleepy villages to the north, until we reach the village of Viscri with its famous fortified church (UNESCO World Heritage Site) from the times of the invasion of Turks. It is just a gravel road, which gets us the last 10 kilometers to Viscri, which has been a settlement of the Saxons, the German minority, for the last 900 years. In 1990, most of the villagers have left to Germany, but a small number of people stayed to continue their traditional life. Although by now a minority in their own village, the people started to build themselves a future where their ancestors lived for centuries. On personal invitation of Prince Charles, who visited the village in 2002, representatives of the village have even participated in a symposium in London.

We visit the fortified church, stroll through the village and will be served a traditional Saxon meal with food from own production and home-made wine and plum brandy.

In the afternoon we continue to the city of Sighisoara, one of the cultural centres of the Saxons. We visit the medieval centre of Sighisoara and arrive back at our guesthouse in Sinca Noua in the late evening.


Day 5 & day 6: 50km roundtrip through the Transilvanian forests
A 50km roundtrip leads us through the endless forests of Transilvania, home of the large carnivores. We pass through forests and cross beautiful mountain meadows, will have the possibility for some long canters and arrive in the afternoon in an area, where people�s life has changed little since the middle ages. Their little mountain farms are still being worked with oxen or horses, people lack even facilities such as running water or electricity. Camp is being set for us at one of these farms with a fantastic view around. We will enjoy a rustic dinner cooked at the campfire and have a long evening around the fire to tell stories. The next morning we pack our stuff and ride along forest trails and roads through the wild forests of Transilvania. We can enjoy the spectacular view over the Carpathian mountains and tracks of wolves or bears are commonly found along the trails. In the afternoon, we arrive back at the guesthouse.
Accommodation: tents; In case of bad weather forecast we reserve the right to change the two-day trip into two single day trips with overnight at the guesthouse.


Day 7: A ride through time
On our last ride for the week, we ride in a large loop around Sinca Noua through wild forests, beautiful meadows, enjoy canters and great scenery, and arrive back at our guesthouse after 6 hours.


Day 8: Time to say goodbye
Transfer to airport for the flight back.
Transfer time by bus: approx 3h30min

Starting from:
860Euro/person
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Tour will include:
  • all transfers - land only, with car/mini-bus/bus;
  • six days outdoor horse riding;
  • all accommodation with breakfast, lunch pack and dinner in family run guesthouse & riding center;
  • horse and cart ride on one day;
  • visit to a Sheppard camp (subject to accessibility of location)
  • entrance and photo tax inside tourist sites (museums, etc)
  • one night in tents
  • service of an experienced / professional English speaking guide
Tour will NOT include:
  • flight tickets, insurance, visa cost if necessary
  • drinks, personal expenses, gratuities
RIDE DATES:
The following dates are set riding dates/weeks when you can book this holiday. Other dates available only on request and availability.

Ride Dates:
  • April 26th - May 3rd
  • May 17th - 24th
  • May 24th - 31st
  • June 14th - 21st
  • July 5th - 12th
  • August 9th - 16th
  • August 30th - September 6th
  • September 13th - 20th
  • October 18th - 25th

Note: Guests are requested to contribute with a 40Euro donation to our conservation project in Sinca Noua.

Optional trips described in the itinerary will be added only at request for the final price.
For a detailed itinerary and custom offer please contact us on email
Note: itinerary subject to minor changes, especially on the first and last day depending on flights arriving/departing schedule.

Number of participants: at least 2

Travel dates: saturday - Saturday, April - October

Duration: our standard programme is eight days long, but other durations are available on request.

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